Adventure travel doesn’t have to mean heading into the wilderness to endure in solitude. Our kind of adventure travel is about experiencing something unexpected and scoring a little seclusion while taking in a spot on the globe that still holds a yet-to-be-discovered vibe. Use StorQuest’s top five adventure destinations as your guide for an adventurous 2020.
Homer, Alaska, & Kachemak Bay
The great state of Alaska should be on everyone’s adventure bucket list, but Alaska is vast and pinning down just one location is tough. We choose to include Homer, Alaska, in our list because it’s the jumping-off point to incredibly stunning Kachemak Bay. Our recommendation – reserve the Sea Star Cove Cabin in Tutka Bay with the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, rent kayaks and snag a boat ride with gear for a couple of days from Mako’s Water Taxi, and head to the cabin and explore. Bonus: You’ll likely have Tutka Bay all to yourself.
Bilbao, Spain, & Picos de Europa National Park
In northern Spain sits the picturesque port city of Bilbao. Use this port town to your advantage and sink into the culture of tapas and late-evening meals. Then, when you’ve had your fill, head into the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park and the small village of Fuente De. Here, take the cable tram to access hiking trails that offer epic views of jagged granite peaks and serendipitous moments that happen in the unlikeliest of places – like sharing lunch with other travelers at a mountaintop hut.
Petropavlovsk, Russia, & the Kamchatka Peninsula
Russia’s Far East is not your ordinary Eastern European destination. Petropavlovsk sits center on Avacha Bay – an inlet off the Pacific Ocean – with an impressive backdrop of active volcanoes. Closer to Alaska than it is to most of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula is still considered a yet-to-be-discovered adventure hotspot. A mere four-hour flight from Anchorage drops you in Petropavlovsk – the Peninsula’s only city – and the point where numerous adventures start. Here, you can climb, hike, surf, paddle, backpack, and sightsee all while taking in the rich culture of Russia’s Far East.
Tombstone Territorial Park, Canada
For an adventure to the north, Tombstone Territorial Park is a good bet for an epic camping and hiking destination. It’s likely the hardest to reach spot in our listing, which also means it probably holds the guarantee of an awesome experience. While you’ll have to earn your adventure here, the Instagram-worthy pics you take and the miles of trail you travel will give you street cred as a true adventurer back at home.
Boundary Waters, Minnesota
For an adventure closer to home, we choose Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. This 1 million-plus-acre wilderness of lakes and forest stretches 100 miles along the U.S./Canada border and traces Lake Superior's Northwest shore. A roadless region, it is best explored by canoe. This means your journey will have you linking one lake after another as you explore this still wild region of the U.S.
Life is an Adventure
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